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Posts Tagged ‘diaspora’

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Detroit’s Jewish Community’s ‘About Average’ Emotional Link to Israel

The Contours of Our Jewish Community: Snapshots from the 2018 Population Study From the JN Staff Editor’s Note: Each week, the Jewish News will offer insights into the findings of the 2018 Detroit Jewish Population Study with the intent of stimulating discussion about its potential meaning and impact.  For more than a century, the concept…

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Aryeh Halivni, Toldot Yisrael executive director, interviews Ernie Goldberger of Los Angeles about his service in the Palmach.

Aiding Israel

Video archive documents those who helped create the Jewish state. Jews throughout the diaspora were excited and inspired when the State of Israel was declared in 1948. Hundreds set aside their regular jobs or school activities to help the fledgling state as it faced attack from its Arab neighbors and prepared to welcome thousands of…

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Parshat Mattot/Massei

Weekly Torah Portion – The Importance Of Unification

Parshat Mattot/Massei: Numbers 30:2-36:13; Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4. As the Israelites move closer to conquering the land of Canaan and the land is divided between the 12 tribes of Israel, two of the tribes, Reuven and Gad, ask Moses for permission to settle outside of the land of Israel opposite the Jordan River. Moses considers the…

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At a Mosaic United-funded Knead To Know cooking program: Joelle Abramowitz of Ann Arbor, Reva Berman of Farmington Hills and U-M students Kevin Lieberman of Potomac, Md., and Genna Miller of Langhorne, Pa.

Mosaic United

Israeli initiative with Michigan connections promotes education and engagement for young Jews worldwide. For decades, Israel has relied on generous contributions from Jewish organizations and philanthropists in the diaspora to assist its educational programs, social services and economic development. But the roles have been reversed through Mosaic United, a program established by Israel’s Ministry of…

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Jerusalem, Israel

A ‘Gut Punch’

In the name and the spirit of the Prince of Peace, Jesus our Lord.” Thus did Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, end his opening prayer at the dedication of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Did Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Jews in the audience respond with “Amen?” Oh,…

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We Have a Problem — Israel

As exquisitely expressed in the Torah, Israel has inextricably been integral to who we are and why we exist. There is a direct and clear connection between the land, God and how we should act. This can be found in texts from the Book of Genesis to the writings of Roman Empire historian Josephus to…

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Battles recalled: Aryeh Shachar, a company commander in Operation Nachshon, is interviewed by Ofer Regev for Toldot Yisrael. Courtesy of Toldot Yisrael

Seven Decades Later, Unsung ’48 Heroes Are Heard

By Gary Rosenblatt Jewish Week/Times of Israel New oral history project describes key roles of American Jews in Israel’s founding. Soon after the end of World War II, Zimel Resnick, a Russian Jewish immigrant operating an amusement park in New Jersey, was contacted by a good friend in Palestine. Resnick was asked to help raise…

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The steering committee visits Beit She’an National Park.

Like Family

Jason Rubenfire Special to the Jewish News Michigan and the Central Galilee share an unbreakable bond. Since 1994, the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) program has united Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor with the Central Galilee region of Israel, made up of three municipalities: Migdal HaEmek, Nazareth Illit and the Jezreel Valley. The region…

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Israel, camel

70 Years Of Miracles

Like some of the past celebrations of Israel’s Independence Day, the fuss being made about Israel’s 70th birthday this year hasn’t penetrated too far into the American Jewish consciousness. While those Jewish activists who are already interested in Israel-oriented events are doing their best to acknowledge the passage of seven decades since 1948, for millions…

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LINKed to Israel

StandWithUs curriculum connects middle school students with Israel. StandWithUs (SWU) is an international nonprofit organization that supports Israel through worldwide educational programs and efforts to combat anti-Semitism. Through extensive leadership training programs for high school and college students, Los Angeles-based StandWithUs builds strong connections between young people in the diaspora and Israel. But staff members…

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